Emory University School of Law
I’ve personally handled thousands of cases covering all areas of criminal law. I passionately represent clients facing charges such as DUI, domestic violence, theft/embezzlement, vehicular manslaughter and drug possession. I’ve tried nearly 30 jury trials to verdict with several acquittals by jury for DUI, robbery and theft-related crimes. I resolve complex legal scenarios through negotiation and have attained numerous success stories for clients at motions and sentencing. My clients include professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, law enforcement officers, professionals and loved ones.
I was fortunate to start my legal career at the San Diego Public Defender’s Office as a deputy public defender for nearly five years. I served on the Central Misdemeanor Unit for one year before being sent to the Vista branch where I went on to handle serious felony cases. I gained a tremendous amount from the experience in the form of trial skills and getting to know Deputy DA’s and the Bench.
I started my own practice in 2008 and now have three full-time employees and two offices.
I am involved in many local organizations including the Criminal Defense Bar Association, Justicia Criminal Defense Attorneys, California DUI Lawyers Association, North County Bar Association, County of San Diego Office of Assigned Counsel and the California Public Defenders Association.
I am on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Home of Guiding Hands, a local 47-year-old nonprofit that provides services to more than 1,000 people with developmental disabilities such as autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. My wife and I have been involved with HGH for almost ten years.
I was born and raised in Las Vegas and speak Spanish fluently. I attended the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., where I earned a degree in political science and dual minors in business law and Spanish. After attending law school at Emory University in Atlanta, I followed my heart and a native San Diegan. Marcy and I will soon celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. We are blessed with two kids and another on the way. I enjoy my time traveling, reading and collecting old cars.
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